Special Correspondent

"Siragu viri" an eco-awareness camp organised by INTACH and YHAI for students

Thanjavur: The programme was titled "Siragu Viri", meaning "Spread the wings". True to its name, the camp was an opportunity for 25 students to learn and exhibit their talents.

The eco-awareness and nature camp for students aged between seven and 16, organised jointly by the Indian Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) and Youth Hostels Association of India for school students on December 28 and 29 at Bhakthavahcalam Memorial Trust Krishi Vigyan Kendra campus at Usilampatti village, 40 kms from Thanjavur, was a "combine fun with education programme."

The students had all the things under the sky to do.

On the first day, they painted environment-related arts, wrote creatively about environment, prepared clay models and masks to cover their faces, trekked and gazed stars in the night.

The programmes ended on the first day with a campfire. Next day was an educative exercise for them. They were taken on a "nature walk" and made to identify plants.

They were taken on a heritage walk also and asked to identify heritage monuments. There were children sports also for them.

The students were guided by V. Dakshinamurthy and Kalyani Dakshinamurthy from Gandhigram University.

"Unique" "educative" "informative" and "thrilling" was how the students explained about the camp when asked about their experience.

"We learnt to live in harmony with nature. The camp place itself was like a forest and we enjoyed the camp a lot," they said.

Certificates were given to the students at the end of the programme.